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[ven-tril-uh-kwiz-uh m] /vɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm/
the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy.
Also called ventriloquy
[ven-tril-uh-kwee] /vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwi/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ventriloquism
1790-1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium, equivalent to Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium) + -ism Unabridged
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the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
Derived Forms
ventriloquial (ˌvɛntrɪˈləʊkwɪəl), ventriloqual (vɛnˈtrɪləkwəl) adjective
ventriloquially, adverb
ventriloquist, noun
ventriloquistic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for ventriloquism

1773, from ventriloquy + -ism.

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